March 17, 2000
UPTON, NY - Over 20 employees from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory volunteered to help Suffolk County Boy Scouts earn 173 Atomic Energy Merit Badges during two intensive sessions at the Laboratory. The Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Program offers opportunities for youth to explore more than 100 fields of skill and knowledge. In qualifying for the Atomic Energy Merit Badge, scouts learn about radiation, important for future studies in physics, chemistry and medicine.
Using radiation sources such as a glazed
dish, a smoke detector, a lantern, and beach sand, which contain
no more radiation than that found in the home or natural surroundings,
Buzz Rundlett (seated, far right), a health physicist at Brookhaven
Lab, shows Boy Scouts how the counts per minute change as a radiation
source gets closer to a Geiger counter.
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